Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Melville Candy Company Honey Spoons

Honey SpoonAh, foggy fall days have returned to Los Angeles. The chill in the air leads me to tea. While I’m a huge fan of honey, I prefer to either eat it straight or with something like plain toast or dip saltines in it. I rarely put it in my tea, but here’s a product that’s both a sweetener for your drinks and a lollipop.

Melville specializes in making lollipops in the classic tradition of the molded barley sugar pops. But they also have a line of Honey Spoons, clever little lollies shaped like a spoonful of honey on a pretty wooden stick.

They make two different varieties of Honey Spoons: Clover and Tupelo. Clover is light and fresh tasting. The spoons themselves are smooth and look like a little piece of light amber glass. The texture is smooth and slick on the tongue, no voids here. The candy is ever so slightly soft and can be bent slowly when it’s warm and thin.

The flavor is light and sweet, a little dollop of honey in mostly a sweet sugar base.

The difference between the Tupelo (which is prized because it doesn’t crystallize like some other honeys) and Clover isn’t really that discernible. They’re both extremely pleasant.

Just as an experiment I put one in a fresh cup of Earl Grey Tea (hot), and after about thirty seconds the spoon had melted enough that it fused to the bottom of my cup. A little wiggling and then stirring with it and I probably reduced its mass by half. I tasted the tea, which at that point was plenty sweet for me (again, not a sweet tea fan) ... so one pop will do just fine for most people. The one drink I can see this being especially good in would be a spiced chai.

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I was really looking forward to the Lavender Honey Spoon. Earlier this year I ordered some Spanish lavender honey from Artisan Sweets and I love the stuff. It’s murky and musky with a dark oily feel on the tongue that reminds me of Rosemary.

The Lavender Honey Spoons, on the other hand, aren’t quite as deep and complex. Yes, there’s a light floral note there, but no real lavender note. Still, they’re pretty.

They’re expensive for just lollipops ($1.50 each), but really good honey hard candies are hard to find. They don’t quite rival the Juntsuyu I love so much from Japan, but they’d make a lovely hostess gift over the holidays with some fine tea or stocking stuffers. Sometimes I just like pretty candy (okay, I always like pretty candy if it’s tasty). I might pick one up as an impulse item at a coffee house, but I doubt I’d buy a whole package.

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Name: Honey Spoons
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Melville
Place Purchased: samples from All Candy Expo
Price: ~$1.50 each
Size: .5 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Hard Candy, United States, All Natural

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:41 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I do like the look of these, pretty and simple. I drink a lot of tea, so these are something I may want to check out.

    I also wanted to make a candy suggestion. I was born and raised in MI, live out east now, but I grew up on treats from Morley Candy. A Michigan based candy and chocolate company, and I just had to suggest that you try some.  You can check out the site at morleycandy.com

    I definitely suggest the Peanut Butter Block, it’s my fav. I’m including the link and scrumptious pic below. Their fudge sauce and other goodies are delectable.

    http://shopsandersmorley.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&xx=morley&Category_Code=M-FAV&Product_Code=M-12174&TYPE=M-FAV&Store_Code=SC

    Comment by amber on 11/07/07 at 12:30 pm #
  2. I am a honey fiend I have got to go and get me some!

    Comment by Gigi on 11/08/07 at 2:01 pm #
  3. I randomly waked into this gift shop next door to my local Whole Foods today and I saw these on the shelf! Imagine my (pleasant) surprise! I’ll have to check them out one of these days. smile

    Comment by Sera on 11/08/07 at 4:51 pm #
  4. just catching up on my candy drooling here, and I have to say a) yum honey, and b) yay Next Generation reference!

    Comment by R on 11/11/07 at 7:11 pm #
  5. I am a heavy tea drinker and found your spoons at a Marshall’s Department store.  They are great.  I would love to order more, however the price of $1.50 per spoon is much.  Is there a way to get a quanitity discount?

    Comment by kimberly on 11/12/07 at 6:34 am #
  6. These clover honey spoons are the PERFECT addition to any cup of tea.  I received them as a birthday gift and now keep them in house all the time.  You’ll love them!

    Comment by Penny Kimes on 1/05/08 at 4:10 am #
  7. Love the honey spoons, but I agree the $1.50 price is way too much.

    Comment by Karen Coly on 11/16/08 at 5:57 pm #
  8. do you carry barley sugar pops

    Comment by jackie ciano on 2/24/09 at 12:36 pm #
  9. what are the ingredients for the honey spoons.  I am looking for a product that is natural without corn syrup.  have you got that?

    Comment by cheryl gebhart on 8/16/09 at 1:54 pm #
  10. OMG!I love honey spoons.I go to cracker barrel all the time just to get one. I like how they are just the right amount of sweet and not to big or too small like dum dums or tootsie roll pops

    Comment by victoria on 1/11/10 at 4:57 pm #
  11. Question:  Can i just buy the wooden spoons without the honey??  I hope so…Thank you…Shely Pollock

    Comment by Shelly Pollock on 2/27/14 at 4:18 pm #

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